Historical Sites

District Six Museum Foundation

District Six Museum Foundation The recently restored and updated museum includes exhibitions and artefacts detailing the history of the oldest residential area of the inner city, which was declared a whites-only area in terms of the Group Areas Act in 1966. Personal stories and political history are given equal treatment in this unique community-based museum. The District Six Museum is a heritage...

Darling Museum

Darling Museum The town's butter industry is recorded and detailed in this museum, which also contains domestic artefacts and local art. Darling Museum recreates life in a bygone era with fascinating displays of Victorian clothing, kitchen implements, china and household furniture. Many of the historic farm names and homesteads still exist and the signal cannon that now has pride of...

Craig Royston Museum

Built in 1860 by James MacGregor, an entrepreneurial Scot, the historic shop on the farm is still open and exhibits a collection of old journals and photographs. The Craig Royston Outpost is the town’s original outpost, dating back to 1860. This outpost historic buildings from the first settlement is now a museum and also has wine sales, a farm shop and offers light meals...

Clanwilliam Museum (Old Goal Building)

Built in 1808 and housed in the old jail, this museum documents the history of the area, including all the inhabitants from the San up until the present. There are features on the 1820 settlers and the Boer War. Agriculture is also documented, especially the production of rooibos tea and velskoene. In the "Ou Tronk", the old prison at the end of the Main Road, this...

Cape Medical Museum

Cape Medical Museum Early Cape medical history is detailed in the former residence of the superintendent of the defunct city hospital. The Cape Medical Museum reflects medical history with an emphasis on both western and traditional medicine at the Cape. Its local name is Kaapse Mediese Museum. The Cape Medical Museum depicts both western and traditional medicinal practices. Contained in the...

Afrikaans Language Monument (Afrikaanse Taalmonument) and Museum

Afrikaans Language Monument (Afrikaanse Taalmonument) and Museum The purpose of the Afrikaans Language Monument (Afrikaanse Taal monument) and Museum was originally to pay tribute to the people that played such an important role in the process of getting Afrikaans recognized as an official language. The evolution of Afrikaans from Dutch is traced here. Afrikaans is presented as a living language on these historic premises. One...

Western Cape Museums

The Bo-Kaap Museum Castle of Good Hope

The Arts Association of Bellville

The Arts Association of Bellville The Arts Association of Bellville is the Western Cape branch of the South African National Association of Visual Art. Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville. Contemporary fine art and associated art center offering art and craft classes. is situated in the Bellville Library Centre in the heart of the Tygerberg. The Gallery is regarded as one of the best in...

African Art Gallery - Museum in Franschhoek

Elegant antiques and craft works with an African flavour, including paintings, woodwork, sculpture and ceramics. Open daily from 10am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 5pm, or by appointment. Tel: +27 21 8762960 Also Visit nearby VINEYARD GALLERY FRANSCHOEK on 21 Huguenot Street, Cape Winelands, Franschhoek, Western Cape. Situated on the main road of the village, in majestic...

Casa Labia Cultural Center and Cafe

Casa Labia Cultural Center and Cafe Former princely residence donated to the South African National Gallery by Count Natale Labia. Iziko Museums of Capetown divide into three branches, this being the art collections site. The art collections are in three museums, the S. A. National Gallery, the Michaelis Collection and the Natale Labia Collection. The Casa Labia Museum has a collection of furniture and art...

Cape Town City Hall and Grand Parade

Cape Town City Hall and Grand Parade Built in 1905, the old City Hall in Darling Street is a mixture of Italian Renaissance and British colonial architecture. It is located on the Grand Parade to the west of the Castle of Good Hope and is built from honey-colored oolitic limestone imported from Bath in England. The 60m/200ft high bell-tower, with a carillon installed in 1923, was modeled on London's Big Ben...

Houses of Parliament

 Houses of Parliament - Cape Town The Houses Of Parliament are an architectural wonder. Gallery tickets are available from Room 12. Overseas visitors must present their passports. The parliament building, which also houses the Library of Parliament, is beautiful, with its central dome and Corinthian porticos and pavilions. You can also sit in the public gallery during a parliamentary session. The original...

Rhodes Memorial and Groote Schuur Estate

Rhodes Memorial statue Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1912 on the slopes of Devil's Peak , this memorial to Cecil John Rhodes resembles a Grecian temple. Eight bronze lions flank an imposing staircase and an equestrian statue. At the top, a bronze bust of Rhodes is inscribed with the word of his friend, Rudyard Kipling: "Living he was the land, and dead his soul shall be her soul...

Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope The castle was completed in 1679 with the aim of protecting the new settlement from possible attack. (It never materialized). The oldest building in South Africa is a symbol of the birth of Western civilization on the subcontinent. The William Fehr Collection of Africana provides glimpses of life at the Cape during the 17th and 18th centuries. Constructed between 1666...

Historical Sites In South Africa

South Africans have developed something of resistance to monuments and statues because so many of them have been highly controversal politically. But many are valuable records of history, attitudes and achievements. CP Nel Museum Here you will find a complete, reconstructed synagogue as well as a pharmacy, both from the Victorian era, as well as many romantic relics from...